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Get active in Ipswich’s natural environment to celebrate 25 years of Enviroplan

A full program of events and activities has been launched to celebrate 25 years of conservation achievements through Ipswich’s Enviroplan initiative.

Workshops, bushwalks, tree planting and more will be held over June, July and August to highlight Ipswich’s natural environment and ongoing efforts to create a greener future.

Mayor Teresa Harding said the Enviroplan program puts Ipswich ahead of the curve on liveability and sustainability.

“Our city has one of the most diverse ranges of natural vegetation types in South East Queensland, being home to more than 2,000 recorded species of native plants and animals,” Mayor Harding said.

“The Ipswich Enviroplan Program is one of a number of ratepayer-led programs that are keeping Ipswich beautiful.

“The program’s identification, protection and maintenance of vital ecosystems will remain crucial as we work towards a sustainable future.”

Environment and Sustainability Committee Chair Councillor Russell Milligan said the program would launch with the opening of Enviro Awards nominations on World Environment Day (June 5) and culminate in the annual EnviroForum to be held in the Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate on August 28.

“The program includes rare and special experiences, such as guided tours at a conservation area normally closed to the public, and at a private property showcasing land restoration in action,” Cr Milligan said.

“There is something for everyone, including special outdoor Kids Go Wild activities during the June-July school holidays and a family-friendly Bushcare planting day on 1 August for National Tree Day.

“It’s also a great time to explore one of Ipswich’s conservation areas and go for a walk or a ride to see the Enviroplan initiative in action.”

Environment and Sustainability Committee Deputy Chair Councillor Andrew Fechner said the Enviroplan 25 years celebrations recognised the important role Ipswich ratepayers have in making conservation work possible through the Enviroplan levy.

“Through Ipswich Enviroplan, our community has been able to achieve significant environmental improvements,” Cr Fechner said.

“Ipswich Enviroplan has enabled council to purchase and manage more than 6,700 hectares of conservation estate and reserves. The initiative also supports Ipswich landholders to improve the environmental value of more than 13,400 hectares of private land.

“By committing to Ipswich Enviroplan, council and our community have taken positive action on a number of environmental fronts. We have a quarter of a century of success to celebrate – but also look forward to many more years of continued improvement for our natural environment.”

For more information on Enviroplan 25 years, see Ipswich.qld.gov.au/enviroplan

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